- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

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FLORIDA’S FOOD STAMP DEBIT CARDS EXPIRE THIS MONTH

Florida’s food stamp debit cards will start expiring at the end of April and replacement cards will be sent out soon. The Department of Children and Families say the cards will begin expiring April 30, but replacement cards should arrive by April 20 and will be automatically mailed to recipients. The new cards have already been activated and can be used immediately. Existing PIN numbers will remain the same.

GIRL ARRESTED IN TORTOISE TORTURE INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL

A northeast Florida teen charged with animal cruelty after posting videos of her and a friend setting fire to a legally protected gopher tortoise has been deemed not mentally competent to go on trial. Prosecutors say the woman has been given a conditional release to receive treatment meant to make her mentally competent so she can be tried. The 18-year-old woman and her 15-year-old friend were arrested last year on charges of felony cruelty to animals and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a threatened species.

PILOT DIES IN SMALL PLANE CRASH IN ST. LUCIE NEIGHBORHOOD

A pilot is dead after his single-engine plane crashed in a St. Lucie County neighborhood. The Bedecrop BD-22 went down just before 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Lucie Village, less than a mile from the St. Lucie County International Airport. The wreck caused a small fire in a home’s backyard, but St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said it escaped hitting any homes.

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DOCTOR’S DEATH

Police have arrested a handyman in connection with the slaying of a Tarpon Springs doctor at his home almost a year ago. Authorities say 37-year-old Anton “Leo” Stragaj was interviewed by police and arrested Tuesday. Police said Stragaj was friends with Steven Schwartz, who was found by police at his mansion with a deep cut on his throat and several gunshot wounds.

SAUDI MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULTING TSA OFFICER

A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a TSA officer at the Orlando International Airport. Mohammed Abdullah Alomaim was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised released in federal court in Orlando on Wednesday. Authorities say the 43-year-old Alomaim assaulted the Transportation Security Administration officer last January.

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